The Met (Part Deux)

So I stumble out of the Alexander McQueen show in a daze, my mind full of feathers and strange headgear and perfect draping and total creativity and I end up lost.  Lost in the Met.  Maybe the best place in the world to get lost.  As I was trying to get my bearings, I landed upon a wing I have never seen – didn’t even know existed, actually.  As luck would have it, it was their 20th century collection and I was floored.  Here I thought I needed to go to the MOMA or the Whitney to get my fix but voila, like a mirage, this incredible collection presented itself as a secret treat.  The front room had two pieces that lured me in.  The first was this enormous wall hanging by by the African sculptor, El Anatsui called Dusasa IImade from thousands of aluminum caps and seals from liquor bottles.  Dusasa means a “communal patchwork made by a team of townspeople”:

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Roy Lichtenstein: In Process

Oh the interweb has been testing me this week!  Never fear, I am persevering and finally back up and running. This past weekend (I know, it’s already Friday and I’m just getting this out now – see what I mean???), I went to see a very cool show called ” Roy Lichtenstein: In Process” at Pepperdine University’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.  When I told my mother, she said, “Oh, I’ve always thought that guy was kind of weird.  He’s the one who does those comic book paintings, right?”  I happen to really like his work but if you, like my mother, don’t share that opinion, I still think you would dig the show.  For starters, the campus of Pepperdine is ridiculouswith some of the best uninterrupted views of the ocean in Malibu (and that is saying something):

The museum itself is simple and streamlined, surrounded by interesting sculptures that try as I might, I couldn’t find any information on.  I particularly liked this yellow one.  Please share if you know anything:

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March Madness

My apologies to the out-of-town readers and the dudes who thought this might be a post on the scintillating annual college hoops tournament.  Sadly for you, this is a post about art and design stuff I want to see in LA in March.  There’s so much good stuff on view, it’s just mad. Get it?

Roy Lichtenstein: In Progress at the Frederick R. Wiesman Museum of Art on the campus of Pepperdine University.  This exhibition shows the pop art king’s process from initial sketches to drawings, collages and finished work.  I am definitely going this weekend.

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Surface Truths: Abstract Painting in the Sixties at the Norton Simon Museum.  Starts March 25.  There is an excellent explanation of the moment and the intent of the show on their website (above).  The curators break it down for you much better than I can so for now, I’m just going to give you two elegant paintings to drool over (top –  Red Vermillion, Jack Youngerman, 1961, bottom – Ida Rose, 1962).

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